The Foreign Ministry on June 8 issued a statement on settling disputes between China and the Philippines in the South China Sea through bilateral negotiation.
With regard to the award rendered on 12 July 2016 by the Arbitral Tribunal in the South China Sea arbitration established at the unilateral request of the Republic of the Philippines, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China solemnly declares that the award is null and void and has no binding force. China neither accepts nor recognizes it.
This Position Paper is intended to demonstrate that the arbitral tribunal established at the request of the Philippines for the present arbitration ("Arbitral Tribunal") does not have jurisdiction over this case.
Following is the full text of a statement of the Chinese government on China's territorial sovereignty and maritime rights and interests in the South China Sea issued on July 12.